Top attractions in Side
Side has never failed to attract visitors to its Antalyan coastline. Its ancient town reflects the footprints of its Greco-Roman past, while a string of resort hotels cater to holiday-makers, offering a bevy of attractions along its sun-drenched
A scattering of soaring columns stand like lone sentinnels along the former main road of ancient Side, with visible proof that the Romans had initially paved it with stone slabs.
The famous temple near the old harbor dates to the 2nd century AD. The five standing columns, whose frieze shows a series of heads of Medusa, were re-erected in the 1980s.
Remnants, such as the Nymphaeum and Vespian Gate, reflect the prosperous era under Roman rule. The Temple of Tyche, stands at the heart of the agora, a former hub of daily life.
This theater could seat an audience of up to 15,000, and the seats still show the inscribed names of patrons. The stage building also features the faces of Comedy and Tragedy.
Located near the town of the same name, enjoy the view of the foamy falls, which are 6.5 feet. high and 131 feet. wide, amid a tranquil and refreshing setting.
Pack a picnic and head to this national park, where the famous Düden Falls plunge 49 feet into the cool water pools below. The Lower Falls tumble into the sea.
Pamakkule means "cotton castle," which reflect the snowy white travertine mineral deposits that blanket the terraces. The 17 hot springs have been luring visitors for millennia.
Avid beach-goers could spend up to one week in Side. The seaside resort town allows visitors not only to soak up the sun and take a dip in the sea, but also have time to appreciate its cultural points and take day-trips to explore the nature of the surrounding area.
The mini-buses (dolmuş) are convenient for a short trip around Side. A sign in the window states the destination with a fixed price.
Resort hotels, ranging in size and star rating, straddle the coastline, some of which are a few miles from town. However, there are accommodations in the city center.
For day-trips to the surrounding area, consider the following: It's between 15-30 minutes by mini bus (dolmuş) to the Manavgat Waterfalls. For independence, rent a car to visit Pamakkule Baths (4 hours away) and Duden Falls (1 hour away). Hotels work with tour operators, which offer transportation to these points, but that will likely include a stop or two at a shop (jewelry or leather) along the way and that will prolong the journey.
- CurrencyTurkish Lira (₺)
- Time ZoneUTC (+03:00)
- Country Code+90
- Best time to visitWhile the summer months deliver peak heat, they are also the driest. If you're looking to enjoy unusually warm days during the fall months - then visit September thru November. You'll also get better deals after the summer tourists depart.
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What people are saying about Side
The guided tour was excellent because Betty and Alex were perfect tour guides. Betty has explained nearly everything and has a big knowledge about the Roman time. It was not just a tour, it was explained history. We definitely would book another tour with her. Thanks from our site for the tour.
I booked this tour online and was really impressed by the great customer service we were provided! We were greeted by Ali, the manager who has been in this business for 20 years and were then given the instructions on rafting. Then we were given equipment and taken for the best 2.5 hours along an unforgettable ride across the Konyalti river. Lunch followed and we were given two free photos to select from the screen! Staff was really helpful, and welcoming especially Mr Ali and Tunfan ... Price was also extremely adequate and better than all other offers that the agency gave us! I really advise it... Omar from Lubnan (Lebanon)
We had a great day canyoning and rafting something for all abilities. Very funny, sometimes crazy but safe. Great atmosphere on rafts. Chances to swim, jump from trees, zip wire. Excellent well recommended. Team camaraderie between rafts very good fun.
It was well deserved activities with a lot of sceneries . The organization was very good. We were picked up from hotel and dropped back . The trip was 35-40 min from hotel to rafting station with instructions for safety . The rafting is a mild type suitable for all ages including young children 4 yrs + . Lunch included . Drinks and pictures on you . Expect to pay 3-10 euro extra per person for drinks and pictures/DVD . recommended .
Me and my spouse and two very stubborn personalities and well it is not always easy to be in the "same boat". Luckily we found that kayaking with only 2 of us made our day and also as one of the person in the group said: " You guys probably got the most fun day!" I believe so too. We want to thank Novaraft and especially Tufan for all the arrangements. Everything went smootly and boy did we have fun. And yes! WE DID NOT FALL, which is nice. If you ever think of attending some couple counselling or love doctor, don't do it - go rafting instead! <3